When I returned to Hong Kong in April, spending three weeks in quarantine prior to taking the helm at Prestige, I had a lot of time to think. During those days trapped in the Kerry Hotel with nothing but the view from my window and a computer full of emails to keep me occupied, I thought long and hard about all of the things I wanted to do in my new position. From that period sequestered alone, I already had this initiative in mind: Women of Power. A list, but also a group of people committed to learning from each other, to teaching others, and to giving back to the community.
My vision was for an engaged matrix, one that set new standards for the Prestige brand. Yes, we’d had lists before: a regional Power list of tycoons and politicians, year-end round-ups and accolades, top 10s that appear regularly online. Those were created passively, without the participation of the honourees, as an award they could tout in their LinkedIn bios or social media profiles.
Women of Power was envisaged as a collective of 100 women who not only understood the influence they wielded but wished to transfer their secrets and pay it forward, to help other women pave the way to success, in the interest of bridging a gender gap that’s still very much in existence.
As we began the process, we gave up our golden number of 100, because we realised on the way that this wasn’t about achieving an arbitrary round number that looked nice as a cover line: this was about change. Changing the status quo, changing the game. We went for quality, over quantity. We pored through the list weekly, swapping out names and adding new ones, meeting old acquaintances and making new ones, many of whom were recommended by women we approached – one fine example of the kind of empowerment we sought. We went through the arduous process of explaining this ideological commitment, asking women who are already time-starved and juggling multiple titles and roles, to give us their attention and allegiance.
I’m proud to present that vision, realised. These are the fruits of our team’s labours, and the beginnings of a collective that will grow yearly, as our reach expands. I’m so excited to present to you this year’s Women of Power.
Meet the 2021 Prestige Women of Power